A part of Humble Independent School District, Atascocita Springs Elementary School is truly an innovative and unique Texas school. Charged with designing a sustainable, energy-efficient facility to inspire learning, the designers created a school that is a learning tool itself. Inspired by the rich energy tradition the town was founded on, the building CAPACITY960COST PER SQ FT$149.54FEATURED IN2011 Architectural Portfolio CHPS-Texas and LEED certifications. The plan’s finger design admits natural light into all classrooms, and creates unique outdoor learning courtyards for all grade levels. The two-story configuration affords the staff the opportunity for vertical teaming and mentoring.
Learning opportunities abound with embedded science and math curricula through ecosystems represented in ceiling panels and magnetic walls, and tile selected specifically to help students understand proportions and fractions. Interactive kiosks enable students to log solar, water, gas and electrical consumption, also tying the community’s rich energy tradition to the building’s sustainable features, and to grade-level-appropriate curriculum. Solar panels and a rainwater cistern outside showcase renewable energies. Austin natural stone, local masonry and wood are incorporated throughout the school to reinforce the sustainable goals of the facility.